Sweet ‘n’ Salty Almond Butter Cups

15 Jan

In the words of my dear friend GingerKef, “Wowowowowowowowowowow!” 

I’ve been eyeing all the iterations of homemade Reese’s cups out there on the interwebs, but none have been exactly sugar-free–the recipes I’ve seen have called for some kind sugar for either the nut butter or the chocolate shell. That ends now.

I played around with these puppies last night, and was amazed to find how easy they really are.  BF Kef was HUGE fan and promptly enjoyed two of these fancy little treats. They’re a little sweet, a little salty, and a delicious replacement for any Reese’s lover.

You’ll have lots of almond butter left over–keep it in a container at room temp and enjoy it on apples, bananas, toast, and everything else on which almond butter is awesome.

Ingredients

  • 2 c slivered almonds
  • 2 c unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
  • 10oz bag of unsweetened carob chip (or dark chocolate over 50% if you prefer)

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350. Put an ungreased cupcake tin in the freezer.
2. Spread almonds out on a rimmed baking pan. Roast in oven for 10 minutes, until lightly browned.
3. While almonds roast, put coconut and in a food processor. Blend until buttery, which will take about 10 minutes. About half way through, add the vanilla extract to keep the mixer moving.
4. Once roasted, let almonds cool for 2-3 minutes, then add the nuts, 1/4 c of the carob chips and salt to the coconut/vanilla mix in food processor. Blend until the mixture resembles a loose nut butter. Check for taste, and add another 1/4 c of carob chips if you feel so inclined. Set aside.
5. Heat a deep pot of water to a low boil. Remove cupcake tin from freeze. Place remaining carob chips in a handheld pot small enough to hold over the boiling water.  Stirring very frequently, place the small pot over the hot water (but try to keep bottom from touching water) and allow carob to melt. This will take 3-5 minutes. 
6. Using a spatula, divide the carob between each cupcake hole–each one should get enough to cover the bottom completely. Move quickly so the carob does not re-harden (if it starts to get firm again, put back over the boiling water for a few seconds and stir). It will not be pretty. Then, use the back of a metal spoon to smooth out the melted carob and push some up the sides of the tin. Again–it will not be pretty, just do what you can.
7. Add about 1 TBS of almond butter to each cupcake holder and smooth. We liked these without a top layer of carob–but if you have any left over, go ahead and pour it over the almond butter to make a final layer of “chocolate.” Put cupcake tin back in freezer for 15-30 minutes. Once frozen, remove from cupcake forms and let come to room temperature before enjoying.

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